April 3rd, 2012

Mass shooting: Can adults be bullied?

This was the rather glib connection made by Los Angeles-based NPR radio host, Patt Morrison for her April 3 show about the Oakland, CA massacre of seven students by a 43-y.o. former student on April 2. It seems the shooter, who did not commit suicide but turned himself in, excused his decision on being “bullied” at school for his Korean accent – this in a school comprised of completely Korean students. This was a man looking for an excuse. Here’s the audio from the show.

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Note: WBI believes bullied targets commit murder only if they are bullied for years and frustrated by institutional representatives who ignored their genuine pleas for relief from abusive conduct. It must be said that bullied targets seem more likely to commit suicide in silence and disappear from situations without anyone ever hearing those pleas.


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  1. Jay Jacobus says:

    Self control is an issue in any violent action. This person lost self control. Was his actions caused by a psychotic episode or anger gone wild?

    In a peaceful society people must control their violent tendencies. When they don’t, we should hold them to normal standards. It is not clear in this case whether the killer intentional ignored his self control or he unintentional went over the edge.

  2. kachina says:

    The primary issue in this instance is not bullying but rather one of criminal responsibility. A legally sane perpetrator is responsible for his actions. This one seems well aware of his actions (having confessed to them), and if we as a society are not comfortable with the legal outcome, then perhaps laws need to change.

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